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Procurement Market Intelligence Report

Cargo Inspection Services
Sourcing Guide & Market Trends

Comprehensive intelligence for making smart purchasing decisions

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How much should I pay for Cargo Inspection Services?

What is the average price of Cargo Inspection Services?

This procurement report includes pricing information to help you purchase Cargo Inspection Services. Our analysts provide a benchmark price and a price range based on key pricing factors to help you understand what you should be paying for this specific product or service. To see the average price for this and hundreds of other products and services, subscribe to ProcurementIQ.

Has the price of Cargo Inspection Services been rising or falling?

Analysts look at market data from the previous three years to determine an overall price trend. You can use the recent price trends to help you understand price volatility and plan your budget.

I’m not ready to purchase Cargo Inspection Services yet. Will I pay more if I wait too long?

We forecast the next three years of price movements by looking at factors likely to affect the market's supply chain, such as inputs, demand and competition. You can then use the price forecast to figure out the best time to purchase.

What other costs are associated with purchasing Cargo Inspection Services?

Our analysts calculate the total cost of ownership and assign a level of low, moderate or high, depending on things like customization, integration and installation. Use this information to budget for Cargo Inspection Services with a reduced risk of unexpected costs.

See how we display average pricing information, trends and market data.

Find the vendor to meet your needs

Where can I purchase ?

About 150 companies provide cargo inspection services in the US market. The top four suppliers of these services account for less than 30.0% of total market revenue, indicating that the market has a low level of market share concentration. The primary reasons for the low level of concentration in... Subscribe to learn more.

Questions to ask potential suppliers

How can I gain leverage during negotiations?

Experience and Expertise

How long have you provided these products to your longest-tenured client?

What qualifications does your staff have and what measures do you take to keep those qualifications up to date?

What industry do you most commonly supply this product for?

To what extent will ordering multiple products from your firm allow me to save on costs?

What is your repeat business rate for businesses in my industry and how does that compare to your overall rates?

Supply Chain Risk

Over the past three years, what percentage of your revenue has been dedicated to raw input materials? How has that changed?

Has the availability of raw materials tightened due to the coronavirus outbreak?

Over the past three years, what percentage of your revenue has been dedicated to labor?

How have fluctuations in input prices affected the prices of your products during the past three years?

How do you mitigate sudden price increases in raw materials?

When input prices rise, how much of the cost is absorbed by you and how much is passed onto buyers?

How, if at all, has your supply chain been affected by import tariffs levied in 2018?


How do you manage regulatory change? Do you have regulation advisers or methods to track regulation?

How have changing regulations influenced your pricing now and how will the changes affect prices over the life our proposed agreement?

What ongoing training procedures do you provide for your staff?

Have you ever been found to be noncompliant with regulatory frameworks?

Amid widespread health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, what contingency plans are in place to mitigate risk to your clients and employees? Do you offer clients any flexible exceptions, such as contract suspensions?


How do you attract new clients and retain existing clients?

How do you maintain a competitive advantage?

Has your firm completed any acquisitions over the past three years? If so, how has this expansion affected your business model or your service offerings?

How do you market your services to potential clients? How much do you rely on repeat business?

As a small company (if applicable), how do you compete with the large, established service providers?

Service Performance & Quality Control

How do you ensure the quality and accuracy of the cargo inspection?

What checks and balances are in place to ensure that my project has received a thorough evaluation? Who completes these checks and identifies errors?

How often do you find errors after inspection documents have been completed?

What credentials and certifications do you hold from industry groups or standards organizations?

Are you experiencing fluctuations in demand as a result of the coronavirus outbreak? What measures are you taking to handle changes in demand?


What specialized skills do you require your employees to possess?

What records do you have to show prior training and certifications for all members of the inspection team?

What is the average tenure of your employees? Do you have trouble with turnover? How does turnover affect service delivery?

If a senior staff member on my project leaves, will he or she be replaced by an equally qualified person?

What parts of the inspection process are completed by a third-party company or laboratory?

Amid widespread health concerns, what contingency plans are in place to mitigate risk to your clients and employees?

Experience & Reputation

How have you dealt with major complaints from past clients? What were these complaints?

What is the average retention rate among your clients?

How long have your top five clients used you for inspection services?

What previous experience have you had with clients that have shipping needs similar to mine?

How do you obtain and process feedback from clients? What changes have you made from feedback collected in the past?

How long have you been in business?

Value-Added Services

What value-added or complementary services do you offer? How will including value-added services impact pricing?

How many cargo inspection clients take advantage of value-added services? Which services are the most popular?

How do you maintain your operational efficiency when offering more than just your core cargo inspection services?

Do you use a subcontractor for any of the value-added services? How does this impact prices?


How have you dealt with bottlenecks in the port caused by inspection backups?

How do you stay informed of ongoing regulatory changes in both the United States and abroad?

How have you adjusted to new regulations in the market? How have these changes impacted costs?

What are your typical procedures concerning cargo security?

What type of documentation do you have showing the checks and inspections you have received to confirm that you are following regulations?

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Key elements for every RFP

What should my RFP include?

Project Budget

Buyers should explicitly state the amount of the contract award.

Buyers should explain whether they expect to pay for services after each inspection or at some other point during the life of the contract.

Buyers can consult the Benchmark Price section of this report to determine how much they should pay to have each container inspected.

Selection Criteria

Buyers should evaluate the experience of the inspection team that will be examining their cargo.

Buyers should make sure the provider offers appropriate types of cargo inspections.

Buyers should evaluate providers based on the estimated costs of the inspection services they are offering.

Buyers should reference the Buying-Decision Scorecard section of this report for key criteria to consider when evaluating providers.

Project Schedule

Buyers should include the dates proposals are due and when award information will be available.

Buyers should provide the discharge ETAs for their cargo shipments.

Buyers should also include any other benchmark dates relevant to the project that suppliers will need to be aware of.

Evaluate major factors to mitigate risk

How risky is the supply chain?

The supply chain for cargo inspection services has displayed moderate risk in the three years to 2020. This level of risk indicates that providers are more likely to encounter supply chain disruptions that could increase their operating expenses or prevent them from providing services altogether. Consequently, this risk may make... Subscribe to learn more.